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Lara A. Carlson, PhD, FACSM, CSCS
Assistant Professor


Dr. Lara Carlson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Performance at the University of New England (UNE). She received her Bachelors from Southern Connecticut State University, her Masters from the University of South Dakota, and her Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. Prior to her UNE appointment, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Castleton State College in Vermont for seven years. Outside the classroom, Dr. Carlson was an U.S. ranked hammer thrower in Track and Field, qualifying and competing in four USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Carlson was also a Scottish Highland Games competitor. While at South Dakota and Springfield, she coached several NCAA All-Americans in various Track and Field throwing events. At Castleton, she served as the strength and conditioning coach for men’s ice hockey where she coached several players to earn the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete recognition. Dr. Carlson has also gained experience working in strength and conditioning with NASCAR pit crew athletes at Hendrick Motorsports.

Dr. Carlson is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. Recently, she has been elected President of the American College of Sports Medicine New England Chapter (NEACSM) for an unprecedented second term, and she is a current member of the NEACSM Board of Trustees. In 2011, Dr. Carlson was the recipient of the Honor Award which is the highest honor bestowed by the NEACSM.

Her primary research interests include the effects of exercise on inflammatory and immune responses, and the gene expression analysis of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells following resistance exercise. Dr. Carlson also has a special interest in the physiological and thermoregulatory challenges observed in automobile racing. She is married to a great guy (Blair), rescued the best dog (Dakota), enjoys playing the drums, and loves NASCAR!


PhD, Exercise Physiology, Springfield College, 2002

MA, Exercise Science, University of South Dakota, 1996

BS, Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University, 1992

Board Certifications/Licenses

Fellow ACSM


Clinical Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine - Fellow, Indianapolis, Indiana

New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, New Britain, Connecticut

American Physiological Society, Bethesda, Maryland

National Strength & Conditioning Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado

International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), St. Moritz

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

Exercise Physiology, Strength & Conditioning, Gene Expression of PBMCs Following Exercise, Immune/Inflammatory Responses to Exercise, Motorsports Physiology

Current Research or Scholarship

Resistance Exercise-Induced Changes in Gene Expression of Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

Physiological Strain of Motorsports Athletes During Competitive Racing

Selected Publications

Carlson, LA, Ferguson, D, Kenefick, RW. Physiological Strain of Stock Car Drivers During Competitive Racing. J Thermal Biol. 2014: In Review.

Cottle, C., Carlson, LA., Lawrence, MA. Effects of Sled Towing on Sprint Starts. J Strength Cond Res, 2014. (epub will be ahead of print).

Carlson LA, Koch AJ, & Lawrence, M. Influence of the Flo-Dynamics Movement System© intervention on measures of performance in older persons. Clin Interv Aging. Jul 2013:8, 905-911.

Carlson, LA, Kenefick, RW, Koch, AJ. Influence Of Carbohydrate Ingestion On Salivary Immunoglobulin A and Cytokines Following Exercise. J International Soc Sport Nutr, Mar 2013:10-14.

Carlson, LA, Tighe, SW, Kenefick, RW, Dragon, J, Wescott, NW, LeClair, RJ. Changes In Transcriptional Output of Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Following Resistance Exercise. European J Appl Physiology, 2011: 111(12): 2919-2929.

Carlson, LA, LeCLair, RJ. Matrix Metallopeptidase 9 Expression Up-Regulated In Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Following Resistance Exercise. Med Sci Sport Exer, 2011:43(5).

Carlson, LA, Headley, S, DeBruin, J, Tuckow, A, Koch, AJ, Kenefick, RW. Carbohydrate Supplementation and Immune Responses Following Acute Exhaustive Resistance Exercise. International J Sport Nutri Exerc Metabolism, 2008: 18(3): 247-259.

Recently Funded Grants

2013: Abogen Pharmaceutical. Saliva Blood Isolation Validation. Role: CO-PI E. Bilsky. $25,100.

2011-2012: Wunjo, Inc.. Influence of Flo-Dynamics Performance in Older Persons. Role: PI. $24,044.

2008-2009: VGN INBRE Program of NCRR of NIH. Gene Expression Analysis in PBMCs. Role: PI. $63,433.

2007-2008: VGN INBRE Program of NCRR of NIH. Gene Expression in PBMCs Following Resistance Exercise. Role: PI. $68,314.

2006-2007: VGN INBRE Program of NCRR of NIH Leukocyte Subset Responses Following Resistance Exercise. Role: PI. $68,000.

2005-2006:  EPSCoR. Comparison of Leukocyte Subset Responses Following Exercise. Role: PI. $28,850.

2005-2006: VGN INBRE Program of NCRR of NIH. Immune and Endocrine Responses Following Resistance Exercise. Role: PI. $57,293.

Invited Plenary Presentations

Colloquium on Strength & Conditioning/NASCAR/IndyCar with Jim Leo (S&C Founder and Coach for Pit Fit). American College of Sports Medicine national conference, Indianapolis, IN. June 2013.

Invited to tour Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany as Consultant/Presenter for Men’s Ice Hockey Coaches and Athletic Trainers on topics, which included hydration and strength and conditioning periodization. Presented: 'Hydration: Simply Put' in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Oct 2012.

Gene Expression Analysis in Human PBMCs Following Resistance Exercise. Integrative Physiology Exercise conference endorsed by the American Physiological Society & the American College of Sports Medicine. Miami, FL. October 2010.

Exercise, Immune Function and Carbohydrate Supplementation. University of Southern Maine. Gorham, ME. June 2010.

Resistance Exercise-Induced Changes In Gene Expression Of Human Blood Mononuclear Cells. Maine Biological & Medical Sciences Symposium. Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, ME. April 2010.

Effects of Acute Resistance Exercise On Leukocyte Subsets. VT EPSCoR Annual Conference, Burlington, VT. March 2007.

Other Selected Scholarly Activities

2013: Elected for an unprecedented second term as President for the New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

2013- present: Associate Editor to the academic journal: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR)

2011: Recipient of the American College of Sports Medicine Honor Award for the New England Chapter. The Honor Award is the highest honor bestowed by the chapter for significant contributions to both the NEACSM and sports medicine field.

Student Opportunities: Yes